Ramadan in DUBAI: things to KNOW before you GO!

https://youtu.be/J7HRDh-Fsj4 Hey everybody!    A few weeks ago I talked about my life in Dubai, and common misconceptions about what life is really like there (here is the link: https://youtu.be/clSZi_43JEM) That video is really the tip of the iceberg, because there's SO much more to talk about when it comes to living abroad in Dubai. Case in point: Ramadan! As some of you may know, the holy month of Ramadan started last Thursday evening, April 23rd. Life in Dubai…

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Arabic Tattoos: Advice and MY Tattoo Story (from your fave translator)

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https://youtu.be/dVMz1fxP4A8 Hey everybody!  I recently re-watched the Arabic tattoo video I did about 3 years ago (if you haven't seen it, here it is: https://youtu.be/6sTZB4oaIYs One of the first things I noticed is how much quieter my voice is compared to the videos I do now. Sorry about that-- had a very sensitive neighbor who would bang on the shared wall if I was being too loud, so had to muffle things a bit.  Anyway, I re-watched the video and…

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Affect vs. Effect, Who vs. Whom, and One EMBARRASSING Mistake

https://youtu.be/tsPnjbn3KFA Hey everybody! In my last video I talked about 10 words and phrases that even native English speakers get mixed up.  If you haven't seen it, check it out here: https://youtu.be/AP2gUskPwEo Before we continue... I want to remind you that I'm definitely not one of those annoying people who points out everyone's spelling and grammar mistakes...er, at least not anymore. It's true that in 2013 I did point out a misspelling in one of…

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Writing: 10 Words That Even Native English Speakers Get WRONG

https://youtu.be/AP2gUskPwEo Hey everybody!  I decided to begin this week's video with a story to help you get to know me a little better before we all get super intimate. You, me, and your English writing, that is.When I was in fourth grade, I won the school spelling bee. For the WHOLE SCHOOL. Yes, that means I beat out the 5th and 6th graders to represent Waynewood Elementary at the preliminary regionals. Mind you, I was…

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Make Love in Arabic: habibi, hayati, and 15 other ways to address your lover

https://youtu.be/_N-ww5ovWkg Hi everyone!  After my last video, a friend mentioned that the only word he had known in Arabic was "habibi." We talked about uses of the word--how we say "habibi" to a guy, and "habibti" to a girl.  We also use "habibi" when we are frustrated and trying to soften a statement that may seem a little harsh.   After that conversation I thought about other names we call a sweetheart or lover in…

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The green dress in Madrid

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I needed a long-sleeve dress for a wedding in Illinois. I missed the wedding due to flight delays/inclement weather unfort :( But got to wear the dress in Spain! I actually got it on Amazon--the first dress I'd ever bought on their site...actually love it! Super comfy. Here is the link--they have a few diff colors. I'm wearing Size S: https://amzn.to/3cmWJFq

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Get TF Out of Beginner’s Arabic! Time For Your First Lesson.

Useful words and phrases for getting fluent FASTER https://youtu.be/ElJPEvUcZ4EGiven recent events and a lot of people staying indoors, taking online courses, watching Youtube, etc.(please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE if you haven't already:https://www.youtube.com/c/shannonemaher)...I've been getting more requests for English lessons via our website.Something I didn't expect, however, is a growing number of inquiries from people looking to learn Arabic. A few of the inquiries are from folks with zero Arabic knowledge looking to learn from scratch, others are…

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11 Things People Get WRONG About Dubai

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Hey everybody! As some of you may know, I used to live in Dubai. I lived there for the greater part of my 20s...about 7 years (2010-2017).When I meet people and they find out I lived in Dubai, one of the first questions I get is "what's it like?"I usually just say "different." Not because I want to change the subject, but because there's SO much to say that I don't want to open the floodgates…

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Taking online real estate courses? Here’s a promo for the ones I did!

40% off the courses I took to pass! Hey! For those of you who have seen my video about the Cali Real Estate exam, you may have heard me talk about Real Estate Express, the online course provider I used for completing my required courses. Here's the video below:https://youtu.be/2WSzXQUrXCcReal Estate Express reached out to me and asked that I share a code for you to get 40% off all real estate licensing and continuing ed…

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Americans who learned Arabic: meet Dr. Phil

https://youtu.be/uj46rN3e9Vo Hello everyone!  I am excited to introduce you to someone that I met at one of my Arabic-English Language Exchange Meetups.  His Arabic is SO impressive that I asked him to film an interview with me.  Meet Phil Hoffman, a current PhD student at UCLA. In this video, we'll talk about why he chose to learn Arabic, how he learned it, his involvement with the CIA *wink*, what he thinks of the "Al-Kitaab" method…

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